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Samuel L. Jackson, Elaine May, Liv Ullmann to Receive Honorary Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards will return in 2022, following a year off due to the pandemic, with an exciting and diverse roster of legendary honorees.

Samuel L. Jackson, actress-writer-director Elaine May, and actress Liv Ullmann will be presented with honorary Oscars, and actor Danny Glover will be presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, at the 12th Governors Awards ceremony on January 15, 2022, the Academy announced Thursday.

This is certainly a big deal for all recipients, as the honorary Oscar is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.” The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, also an Oscar statuette, is given “to an individual in the motion picture arts and sciences whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”

“We are thrilled to present this year’s Governors Awards to four honorees who have had a profound impact on both film and society,” Academy president David Rubin said in a statement. “Sam Jackson is a cultural icon whose dynamic work has resonated across genres and generations and audiences worldwide, while Elaine May’s bold, uncompromising approach to filmmaking, as a writer, director and actress, reverberates as loudly as ever with movie lovers. Liv Ullmann’s bravery and emotional transparency has gifted audiences with deeply affecting screen portrayals, and Danny Glover’s decades-long advocacy for justice and human rights reflects his dedication to recognizing our shared humanity on and off the screen.”

41 individuals or organizations have been awarded the Hersholt. Glover will be the fifth recipient of color, following in the footsteps of Quincy JonesOprah WinfreyHarry Belafonte and Tyler Perry.

For more updates on the ceremony, stay tuned to Awards Radar.


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Written by Caillou Pettis

Caillou Pettis is a professional film critic and has been writing about film for several years across various different publications. Ever since the age of nine, film and the art of filmmaking have been his number one passion. When hes

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